The Assignation by Joyce Carol Oates
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1988 Ecco Press HB, stated first edition. "A racy, sexy collection of short prose...explosive...slightly disturbing and off-center." by Pulitzer Prize nominee and National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Oates (them, Black Water, Blonde).
 

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The name Poe brings to mind images of murderers and madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who return from the dead. His works have been in print since 1827 and include such literary classics as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven,” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.” This versatile writer’s oeuvre includes short stories, poetry, a novel, a textbook, a book of scientific theory, and hundreds of essays and book reviews. He is widely acknowledged as the inventor of the modern detective story and an innovator in the science fiction genre, but he made his living as America’s first great literary critic and theoretician. Poe’s reputation today rests primarily on his tales of terror as well as on his haunting lyric poetry.
 
Published December 1, 1988 by Ecco Press. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When 15-year-old Junie's Momma in "Mule" takes a new lover who--like the lovers before him--soon begins to bang at windows and slap Momma around (evidently out of crazed desire for her "creepy" breasts), this time Junie herself dons high heels and leaves her mother to threatened suicide;

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In 44 short narratives ranging in length from a simple paragraph of five sentences to a dozen pages at most, Oates has captured precisely an essential presence and instant in the lives of her characters.

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